Home School Programs Information and Policies

Tickets

Morning single class tickets are $10 per child and afternoon packages are $40 for 5 classes. Additionally, all of the morning classes within the same month can be purchased for $8 per class. All options include materials and Museum admission.

One adult is admitted FREE with each purchased child ticket. Additional adults $25.

Although members receive free admission into the Museum, a paid course ticket is required for each child participating in the Artful Adventures Home School classes. We do not offer day-of ticket sales at the Museum. Tickets need to be purchased online in advance of each class date.

Single tickets for the current week's morning classes are available for sale until noon on Monday.

Five-session packages for afternoon classes are available for sale until noon on the Monday before the first class.

The option to purchase all of the morning classes within the same calendar month is available until noon on the Monday before the first class.

Purchasing tickets ahead of time ensures that we can maintain small group sizes and adequately prepare for each class by having enough materials and instructors for each age group.

The MFA may cancel certain classes due to low enrollment after ticket sales have closed. Family members will be notified by Monday afternoon if their child's class is under-enrolled, and we will do our best to switch students into similar classes or offer a refund.

MFA staff will notify families as far in advance as possible in the event that classes need to cancelled due to inclement weather. Families will then have the opportunity to apply their child's ticket to a future class date or receive a refund. In general, Home School classes will be cancelled if the MFA is closed or Boston Public Schools announces a closure.

We do not offer make-up classes for students who need to miss a class.

We regret that there is no makeup, refund, or rescheduling for classes missed by a child, even those due to inclement weather. Refunds are given only if the class is cancelled by the MFA.

If you have lost your Artful Adventures Home School class ticket you can go to any admissions desk at the Museum and ask to have it reprinted.

Planning

There are four separate age groups within the Artful Adventures Home School program: 3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, and teens. Topics and art activities are different for each age group and class session.

We request that grown-ups accompany children enrolled in the 3-5 year-old class and encourage their participation in the class. Drop-offs are not permitted for this age group.

Children who are 6 years and older may be dropped off. For safety please provide your cell phone number during check in.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult or MFA instructor at all times.

Visitors to the MFA have three self-parking options: the Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, and the Museum Road Garage, all of which have entrances on Museum Road. All parking facilities have handicap spaces. Drivers receive a discount by presenting their class ticket to an attendant in the Parking Office located on the first floor in the Museum Road Garage. Discount only applies to self-park options. Families can also receive up to 30 minutes of FREE parking in the Museum Road Garage by presenting their class ticket and white parking ticket to an attendant in the Parking Office in the Garage. Free parking only applies if children are dropped off and picked up.

Please check in with MFA staff and collect name tags from a table located in the Education Center in the John, Bertram A., and Ronald M. Druker Family Pavilion then meet your instructors in the classroom for a fun pre-tour group activity.

Morning classes begin promptly at 10:30 am and afternoon classes begin promptly at 2:30 pm. If you arrive late please go to the Sharf Visitor Center so that a staff member can help you join the group.

For safety, at the end of class please tell one of the MFA staff members holding an iPad that you're leaving. Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to leave the studio without a grown-up.

Adults are always welcome to stay with their child throughout the duration of the class. We highly encourage parents to participate in discussions, engage with their children, ask questions, and help their child's mind explore throughout the tour and activity.

Please help us foster a productive learning environment by limiting side conversations with other grown-ups and not using your mobile phone.

Younger siblings are welcome as long as they stay with their grown-up for the duration of the class.

All art materials are provided for the pre-tour and listed class activity. If you wish to bring your own items for use in the galleries, such as a sketchbook, these materials are welcome:

  • Pencils and erasers
  • Model Magic clay
  • Drawing boards up to 18 x 24 inches
  • Sketch pads and notebooks up to 18 x 24 inches

Museum Information

  • Children under the age of 12 must always be accompanied by an adult or MFA staff member.
  • Help us keep the artwork safe by not touching or climbing on objects.
  • Always walk, don't run.
  • Stay with your group.
  • Our security guards protect you and the art; please respect their requests.
  • When photographing in the Museum, please be mindful of not stepping back into the artwork. Maintain a distance of 12 inches away from the artwork at all times. The use of flash is not permitted in the galleries.

The Musuem is committed to accessibility for all visitors. Manual wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at all entrances. The MFA also welcomes your personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters. All galleries in the Museum are wheelchair accessible. Personal care attendants are welcome to accompany the student for the duration of class and are admitted free of charge. Assistive-listening devices are available upon request. For more information about Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org or call 617-369-3189 or TTY 617-369-3393.

The Garden Cafeteria, located on the Courtyard Level in the Linde Family Wing, is open daily from 10 am–4 pm and features inexpensive, kid-friendly options. The New American Café located in the Shapiro Family Courtyard also features a kids’ menu. Taste, located in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, just outside the Druker Family Pavilion, offers handcrafted sandwiches, specialty salads, desserts, and a variety of beverages, including gourmet coffee and tea.

Please don’t eat or drink in the galleries; you're welcome to take a snack break in the classroom or in one of our dining areas. Please help us keep our classroom spaces nut-free.

All parcels, umbrellas, and bags larger than 11" x 15" must be checked, including backpack-style child carriers. Bags in excess of 11" x 15" containing needed medical equipment or for use in nursing or baby care are allowed in the Museum. We recommend that you stop by the Huntington or Fenway Coat Check before going to the Druker Family Pavilion.

Strollers are allowed in all galleries; however, there may by restrictions for some special exhibitions. Backpack-style child carriers are not allowed.

Baby-changing areas are located in restrooms throughout the Museum.

Mothers seeking to nurse their babies may use our quiet, private nursing room off of the Hemicycle Gallery on the first floor; ask any staff member for assistance.